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Arizona Cardinals News: Boldin Hurt, Vallejo Cut and David Holloway Returns

The Arizona Cardinals had a busy day for a Wednesday towards the end of August. With their third preseason game on the horizon and starters expected to play most of, if not all of, the first half, the Cardinals face the daunting task of trying to play key players without getting them injured. One guy that they won't have to worry about this Friday is Anquan Boldin, who tweaked a hamstring in practice on Tuesday. Despite a late night MRI that revealed the injury wasn't serious, Boldin will not suit up against the Packers. With another couple of weeks before the games really start counting, the Cardinals will be cautious with Boldin and allow him to be 100% when the Niners come to town on September 13th. That wasn't the team's only news yesterday though...

  • After working out a DE/OLB a couple of days ago the Cardinals decided to bring back a familar face, David Holloway. Holloway was an undrafted free agent out of Maryland in 2007 and spent nearly the entire season of his rookie year on the practice squad (activated for last game but didn't play). He was cut by the Cardinals last August when they signed another linebacker, Brandon Moore. He's undersized (6'2 230) but athletic (4.72 forty, 32 bench reps) and, despite the change to a 3-4 defense, he still will have some familiarity with the system so his learning curve won't be as drastic as a complete outsider. He should get considerable playing time in the final preseason game.
  • To make room for Holloway the team cut ROTB-favorite Elliot Vallejo. Vallejo dislocated his knee cap a couple of weeks ago and was going to have a hard time being ready by the season opener. Vallejo, a promising young player, was slated to be the primary backup at left tackle this season and a future starter. It's very likely that he'll be signed by another team even before he's fully recovered (keep an eye on the Chiefs), but I'm sure that the Cardinals would resign him if he's still on the market.
  • The final note to this roster move leaves the team with 79 players, one under the minimum and Cody Brown has not been placed on injured reserve yet. Once that move is made, the team will only have to cut three players before the September 1st deadline.  
  • Brian St. Pierredid return to practice yesterday, on a limited basis, but Whisenhunt said that he'd be reevaluated before Friday nights game. 
  • One final note about Friday's game centers around the wide receiver spot. With Boldin and Breaston already ruled out, this game could be a huge chance for guys like Early Doucet, Lance Long Sean Morey and even Orea Jones. With eleven wide receivers on the roster right now, there have to be a handful of guys who already know that their best case scenario is to showcase themselves for other teams and with Q, Breaston and Garvin on the shelf, it is very likely a now or never scenario for some of the youngsters. This might also be our only chance to see Doucet or Long get extended play time against a starting defense.